The Sega Game Gear launched October 1990 in Japan, and April 1991 in the rest of the world. At it's launch the Game Gear was the third commercially available color handheld console on the alongside NEC's TurboExpress and Atari's Lynx.
Despite the availability of handheld versions of Sega's popular Sonic the Hedgehog series, the Game Gear met lukewarm reception in Sega's homeland of Japan. Battery life issues plagued the system as it only ran for approximately 4 hours on 6 AA batteries, compared to Nintendo's Game Boy which ran for up to 32 hours on 4 AA batteries.
Numerous official accessories were released for the Game Gear including a TV Tuner allowing the system to act as a portable television, a Master Gear converter to allow the play of Sega Master System games, as well as the official PowerBack rechargable battery pack which attempted to negate some of the Game Gear's battery life shortcomings.
Browsing the Collection
There are 993 cartridge images available for the Sega Game Gear, including games, demos, applications, and others.